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"gCod [chod] is like taking a jet plane to Enlightenment rather than walking."
Source: Savvas, "A Study of the Profound Path of Gcod," 83. This was told to her by "the great gCod master the Venerable Zong Rinpoche" in personal communication in India, 1980.
When Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche was asked why he is focusing on the study and practice of Chöd nowadays he explained the following: The time is ripe (dus la bab) for the teachings of Chöd and Tara to spread. This is due to our previous karma and aspirations as well as due to the kindness of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Furthermore, this is the dark age of degeneration (snyig ma’i dus), which is teeming with people who are greedy, disturbed, distracted, attached to material wealth, always busy with the body, speech, and mind, and so forth. However, at this time, people are also very sharp and very interested in the study. Chöd is extremely effective in helping one let go of any kind of clinging and attachment to outer phenomena, to one’s body, and to the notion of a personal self. If one wants to be truly kind to oneself, one should strive in this way for enlightenment and practice the “undeluded view.” Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, “Teachings on Chöd,” Pharping, annual fall seminar retreat, November 27, 2015.
I was told by a student who had undertaken the three-year retreat under Kalu Rinpoche, that Rinpoche recommended Tara and Chöd as, particularly effective practices in these times.
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